Firing pin removal
Ever remove a firing pin from the P-11? It can be a frustrating experience.
ANY WORK PERFORMED ON ANY FIREARM MUST BE DONE IN A SAFE MANNER WITH FIREARM UNLOADED. THE USE OF CHEMICALS MUST BE DONE IN A WELL VENTILATED AREA AND MANUFACTURER'S INSTRUCTIONS SHOULD BE FOLLOWED.
The following is my experience and my solutions to my problems and situations I have encountered. Using this information is done at the users (readers) own discretion, and the author accepts no responsibility in the use or misuse of this information.
The firing pin is held in place in the slide by the firing pin retention set screw. The firing pin is under tension (stored energy) by way of the firing pin spring. As the retention set screw is loosened, the firing pin is allowed to move while under the stored energy of the firing pin spring. Left unrestrained, the firing pin becomes a missile. I have spent several minutes trying to locate the errant firing pin. I guess there is the possibility of the firing pin causing injury. IT IS ALWAYS WISE TO WEAR SAFETY GLASSES WHEN WORKING AROUND OR WITH ITEMS THAT ARE HELD UNDER PRESSURE OR WITH STORED ENERGY. My solution to the problem is as follows.
With the slide removed from the frame, take the guide rod (polymer of metal) and insert the large end of the guide rod into the recess behind the firing pin. Hold it in place with your thumb and turn the set screw until the firing pin is
"released" and is pushed out by the spring and makes contact with the guide rod. Now slowly, tilt the guide rod so as
to allow the firing pin to be pushed out by the spring. IT IS STILL UNDER SOME TENSION. I usually place a small cloth over the end of the slide to "catch" the pin in case it is dropped. You now have your parts, set screw, firing pin and
firing pin spring safely in your hands and available to be worked on, polished, cleaned, or replaced.
ANOTHER step I take when the firing pin is removed, is to take an old, worn out, .22 caliber all-bronze cleaning brush (a new one is too large) and swab out the firing pin orifice while the slide is held in place in a padded vise. In fact I have chucked the brush in an electric drill with a little polishing compound on it and burnished the inside surface.... take care and work slowly keeping the drill straight. Bronze or brass will not remove metal as the steel is harder than the softer brush... be careful and do not use the type with a steel center section. Clean area with
solvent, relube, and install new polished firing pin and set screw.
NOTE: The firing pin and spring can be reinserted and held in place with the guide rod while tightening the holding set screw.